Small Business Assistance Resources
These organizations serve as a launching pad for entrepreneurs and small businesses in varied stages of development.
One of the first steps in creating your business is registering the name of your business. The Wayne County Clerk is responsible for registering the names of new businesses through their Assumed Names program. Please visit the Assumed Name Homepage to begin the business registration process.
The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The small business consulting and training services that the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MII-SBTDC) provided at the Wayne County One Stop Business Resource Center will now be provided in their new offices at TechTown in Detroit. Wayne County EDGE will continue to collaborate with that office as well as the MI-SBTDC office at Schoolcraft College to ensure strong delivery of small business counsel and training to county businesses.
The Michigan SBTDC has also played a leading role in FasTrac to the Future, an accelerated program for entrepreneurs and small businesses hosted at TechTown on the campus of Wayne State University. The program features breakout sessions that will give guidance and free resources to people who think entrepreneurship might be right for them. This could include displaced workers, the unemployed and people looking for alternative employment options.
TechTown, the Wayne State University Research and Technology Park – Detroit
TechTown is an urban community of entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, mentors and corporate partners creating an internationally influential village. Detroit’s fastest-growing business incubator, TechTown is serving and assisting more than 160 emerging companies with business programs, entrepreneurial training, space for lease and educational forums. SmartStart, TechTown’s business accelerator program, propels innovative startups toward success with mentoring, coaching, small business loans, workshops and access to investors.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Detroit Office
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace.
Michigan Business One Stop
In the Michigan Business One Stop Resource Center, you will find an array of resources and tools to help you start and operate a business in Michigan. From tips on writing a business plan to financing your business, our resource center has it all. Take a moment to browse through it and be sure to check out the “Try Business One Stop” feature where you can create scenarios for starting different types of businesses and learn the state requirements for getting started, including costs and time frames.
Center for Empowerment and Economic Development
The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development is committed to empowering women and minorities economically through business development training, supplier certification, business-to-business networking and accessible capital assistance programs. We provide effective business tools and remove barriers that hinder development of successful and sustainable businesses. Our work strengthens the community by building partnerships and leveraging resources that increase business growth opportunities.
Wayne State School of Business Assistance Centers Initiative
Wayne State University, Detroit
The School of Business Assistance Center (SBAC) initiative is designed to address the needs of area businesses and organizations. The SBAC will provide support in areas such as marketing feasibility studies, business strategy, financial projections, information technology support, and human resource development programs through our consulting services group.
CommerceConnect – U.S. Department of Commerce One-Stop Business Resource Center
Plymouth – located inside the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center